In the Shadow of Dinas Emrys

I have been thinking today that it is so typical of the English to claim things which are not theirs. We have the legend of Arthur who is reported to have been at Glastonbury, Tintagel etc.. The Bretons have this story too which could easily have been brought here by the Welsh. The founding saints of Brittany are mostly Welsh.  If you have ever climbed Snowdon and seen Glaslyn (blue lake) in the cwm, you would agree that it is a possible candidate for the home of The Lady in the Lake.  It is spectacular.

My family way back literally worked and lived in the shadow of Dinas Emrys. The men worked down the Sygun copper mine, the woman as washerwomen. We looked at buying the hotel which sits close by, but as a business prospect it would have needed a lot of work to turn a sensible profit.

I first came here to Brittany in 1980. I was 15 and reluctantly came on holiday with my parents and sister (three extroverts). We stayed at a camp site near Perros Guirec, named after Saint Guirec a sixth century Welsh monk. {A rough contempory of Cadwaladr} We went home on my birthday and there on the mat were my O level results, 4As and 4Bs. I had the choice of French, Latin and English or Chemistry Physics and Maths.  My school did not allow a mix and match. The date of my birthday is mentioned in one of the posts about dragons (late August).

And now 41 years later I live next to a river, just as my ancestors did. It is not the river Glaslyn, it is Le Jaudy. In a few days’ time the snow will melt on Menez Bre and it will flow past our bridge.  The Cotes D’Armor is not as mountainous as Snowdonia. But the hill Bre (Mynydd Bre) does stand out over all the surrounding countryside.

I have been to Glastonbury a few times. It is an energised site, but it is not where Arthur was.

And now Stonhenge is “wedi’i wneud â llaw yng nghymru”.

Hmnn…